Searching for Wakanda: The African Roots of the Black Panther Story

The fictional story of Wakanda has real historical origins in nuclear-age Congo.

With the release of Marvel's "Black Panther" film, historian Thomas F. McDow explores the real historical origins of the fictional country of Wakanda and its roots in a Cold War crisis and an African mine.

Written and narrated by Prof. Thomas McDow.

Audio production by Paul Kotheimer, College of Arts & Sciences Academic Technology Services. Video production by Lauren Henry, Seth Myers and Laura Seeger.

We thank the Stanton Foundation for their funding of this and other Origins projects.